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February 06, 2014 12:42 ET

RehabHotline.org Reveals U.S. Addiction Epidemic

Interactive Infographic Shows Substance Abuse Statistics Specific to All 50 States

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 6, 2014) - More people use illegal drugs in the United States than in any other nation. Twenty-three million Americans -- one in 10 people over age 12 -- is addicted to drugs or alcohol, and that number continues to grow as the use of drugs like heroin increases.

For more than a decade, the U.S. has struggled with a prescription drug epidemic that claims 50 lives a day, and misinformation about the risks of prescription drug misuse remains widespread. But America's addiction problem can't be attributed to prescription drugs alone; according to recent reports from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), abuse of drugs like ecstasy, marijuana and heroin is steadily increasing.

Substance abuse and addiction impact each state differently. Some states struggle with high rates of alcohol abuse; others fight overwhelming opiate addiction. RehabHotline created an interactive infographic demonstrating how each state ranks in terms of drug and alcohol abuse among its residents. With its easy-to-use interface, viewers can click on any U.S. state to reveal specific stats and information on alcohol abuse and binge drinking, illegal drug abuse, painkiller abuse, cocaine use and marijuana use. Just hover your cursor over the map of the United States. Each state will appear highlighted as your cursor passes over it. Click on your state to see what percentage of its citizens abuse substances; get information on programs and initiatives designed to combat substance abuse in your state; and see how your state compares to others in terms of drug and alcohol abuse rates.

RehabHotline is a cost-free drug and alcohol hotline with knowledgeable counselors available to take calls and help individuals find the right substance abuse treatment program. The organization's objective is to inform callers about addiction, rehabilitation options and the solutions available. By fielding calls from every state in the U.S., the organization has a strong understanding of the addiction and abuse threats affecting all regions of the country. Call RehabHotline toll-free at 888-876-7760 to speak to a referral specialist today.

About RehabHotline
RehabHotline is a non-profit rehab referral and placement service located on the West Coast and staffed by trained counselors. It is free to call and speak to a counselor about your own or a loved one's struggle with chemical dependence, personalized treatment options, and what to expect from the treatment process itself. Callers can also take advantage of a free benefits check to find programs that accept their insurance. RehabHotline helps hundreds of people get help for addiction each month. Visit http://rehabhotline.org/ to learn more.